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Wallflower Confessions by Beverley Stone, Events and Interviews

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Dear Readers,

Have you ever wondered what it's like to have your first novel published when you're a shy writer? According to Beverley Stone, Open Book: Toronto's July Writer In Residence, "publishing is like standing naked on the Don Mills Overpass above the 401 at 8 a.m. on the first Tuesday morning in September after Labour Day."

In her "Wallflower Confessions" on her popular Open Book blog, Beverley chronicles the four months that followed the publication of her first novel, No Beautiful Shore (Cormorant Books). The entries include "Exposed," "Neurotic Writer Waits for Attention (or Look at me, I Wrote a Book)," "OMFG. A Radio Personality Called," "Why do other writers seem so confident?" and "Who do you have to blow in this country to get reviewed in a national paper?" Send Beverley your questions and comments to

Toronto writer Monique Mathew has been covering events for Open Book. Most recently, she attended RM Vaughan's reading at Pride's Proud Voices Reading Stage on Saturday, June 28, at which Vaughan read from his latest poetry collection, Troubled (Coach House Books). "The book," Monique writes, "probes despair and loneliness but also draws laughs and offers insights into our health care and legal systems." Of the reading she states, "the festive and public nature of Pride offered a surreal backdrop for his private poems." Read Monique's full article on Open Book's news page.

We have more event reportage going up on Open Book over the next two weeks, including coverage of the Scream in High Park. Photographer David Waldman will also be covering readings at the DesiLit Writers' Stage at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Festival. Open Book is a community partner for the DesiLit Writers' Stage. The stage is open on July 26th and 27th, and it features writers, storytellers and spoken word artists. The stage also provides interactive writing activities for all ages.

We have two new Ten Questions interviews up on Open Book. Sara Tilley, author of the novel Skin Room (Pedlar Press), describes her research using sense memory, photographs, her old Inuktitut workbooks, the Banff Centre's library and emails to a friend. She includes the best advice she's received as a writer: "To take a break and rest in between drafts, so that you come back to the words with fresh eyes and an open heart. That it's okay to take a break, it's part of the process."

In his Ten Questions interview, Don Easton (Angel in the Full Moon, Dundurn Press) describes how his past work with the RCMP has not only influenced his writing, but has also been cathartic in helping him deal with his past experiences as an undercover Mountie. Thus, he writes, "an Asian massage parlor reminds me of what I wrote about in Angel in the Full Moon. The sight of a homeless person reminds me of a proposition/test a member of an organized crime family told me about when I was undercover as described in Nobody."

Event highlights for the next two weeks:

  • Readings by Domenico Capilongo (Elvis was Italian, Wolsak and Wynn), Seth-Adrian Harris (Sacredspace/Urbansprawl, Fetus Fiction Press) and Carla Hartsfield (Your Last Day on Earth, Brick Books) at the Art Bar Poetry Series at Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m.

  • The Toronto Poetry Slam at the Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto. Friday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Masala! Mehndi! Masti! DesiLit Writers' Stage featuring Ahmad Saidullah, Nila Gupta, Moez Surani, Devyani Saltzman and many more. At the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto. Saturday July 26 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Coach House Books authors reading at the Hillside Festival at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Readings at the Spoken Word Stage at by Jessica Westhead (Pulpy and Midge), Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything), Tanya Chapman (King) and Rachel Zolf (Human Resources). Sunday, July 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Visit our events page for event details and for more listings.

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All the best,
Open Book